Allegiant Air Reportedly Kicks Family Off Flight Due to Child’s Allergy
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On Wednesday, a couple from California reportedly was kicked off an Allegiant Air flight after notifying attendants that their son had a peanut allergy.
According to FoxNews.com, Kyson and Sara Dana were on an Allegiant Air flight from Provo, Utah, to Oakland with their two-year-old son when they informed the flight attendant that their child had an allergy to peanuts.
The Dana family asked attendants if they could avoid serving peanut-based products in their section of the plane, but the crew member suggested they shouldn’t fly on the plane. Another flight attendant asked the people around them to refrain from eating peanuts, and the passengers reportedly had no problem with the request.
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Once the family was settled in their seats, another member of the crew told the family that the airline had consulted a medical professional and decided it wasn’t safe for their child on the plane. The Dana family was asked to leave the aircraft.
Thankfully, an employee at Provo Municipal Airport helped the family book a flight home from Salt Lake International Airport and even drove the family to the other facility to ensure they got home in time.
“On behalf of the entire Allegiant team, please allow me to offer my sincere apology for the inconveniences this incident has caused for you and your family,” Allegiant Air said in a statement to the Dana family. “We regret that you were denied boarding due to any misunderstanding regarding the severity of your child’s peanut allergy. I realize that medical issues can be highly challenging. We just wanted to make sure you arrived home safely.”
This is not the first time Allegiant Air has made the news for how they handled the allergies of a child. In February, a seven-year-old child was kicked off a plane after having an allergic reaction to one of the emotional support dogs onboard. The other passengers on the flight reportedly cheered as the family was forced to leave the plane.
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